restraint of trade

action tending to interrupt the free flow of goods and services, as by price fixing and other practices that have the effect of reducing competition.
[1885-90]

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Preventing of free competition in business by some action or condition such as price-fixing or the creation of a monopoly.

The U.S. has a long-standing policy of maintaining competition among business enterprises through antitrust laws, the best-known of which, the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, declared illegal "every contract, combination...or conspiracy in restraint of trade or commerce."

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Universalium. 2010.

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